12th Einstein Lecture - Dahlem
David J. Gross - Einstein's dream of unification - then and now

Einstein spent the last thirty years of his life searching for a unified field theory. Prof. Gross will discuss Einstein's attempts at unification, ask why he went wrong, and wonder what might have happened if he had followed a slightly different route. In his lecture Prof. Gross will then discuss where we stand today in realizing Einstein's goals.

Friday, June 29th, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Henry-Ford-Bau der Freien Universität Berlin
Lecture Hall A
Garystraße 35
14195 Berlin-Dahlem


Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt
President of Freie Universität Berlin


Prof. Dr. Matthias Scheffler
Director at the Fritz Haber Institute

Following the lecture there will be a detailed discussion and a reception with the opportunity to talk with David Gross.

David J. Gross

Nobel Laureate in Physics 2004
Director, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics,
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

David J. Gross is Frederick Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics and Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a central figure in particle physics and string theory. In 2004 Gross was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction" (jointly with H. D. Politzer and F. Wilczek). Asymptotic freedom is the primary feature of non-Abelian gauge theories and the key to Quantum Chromodynamics, the theory of the Strong Nuclear Force. This concept completed the Standard Model. Gross has also made seminal contributions to the theory of Superstrings, a burgeoning enterprise that brings gravity into the quantum framework.

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